Tag Archives: dementia
The numbers tell the story: almost two in every 100 people between 65 and 69 have dementia. Among those just 20 years older – 85 to 89 – that figure is one in five.
In Norfolk alone, up to 17,000 are affected. Over the next decade, that number is expected to double. It is a condition it is hard to escape.
Throughout Dementia Awareness Week, the EDP and Norwich Evening News will be highlighting ground-breaking research into the condition, focusing on how people can reduce their risk of developing it, and how our region can support those living with it.
Willie Cruickshank, director of the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, said the issue was one which should be a personal responsibility for every one of us.
“There is a reticence to talk about dementia but we need to start having these discussions,” he said.
When care home staff give her a cushion made from his favourite shirt
- Joyce Beckett was distressed in the evenings after death of husband, John
- Staff at care home noticed she liked to be with someone to hold their hand
- Carer Chris Rayatt-Howard made her the special memory cushion
- Mrs Beckett wept with happiness when she received the gift
A recently widowed grandmother wept with happiness after retirement home staff gave her a cushion made out of her late husband’s favourite shirt.
Joyce Beckett, 93, became distressed in the evenings after her husband of 70 years, John, died aged 91 on February 11.